Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27534
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ***
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 5th July 2014
Apart from being one of those puzzles that seemed to take a lot longer to solve than it did, this was a fairly average Saturday Mysteron production.
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1a Lusty skill shown in country dance (6)
HEARTY – ART (skill) inserted into HEY (apparently a long winding country dance)
4a Carrying hose (8)
STOCKING – A double definition, one a verb, the other a noun.
9a Transform dog biting a European (6)
MUTATE – Insert A (from the clue) into MUTT (mongrel dog) and finish with an E (European).
10a Close relative touring part of UK is ominous (8)
SINISTER – SISTER (close relative) tours or goes round NI (Northern Ireland, part of the UK).
11a The French politician’s not serious — it’s illuminating (9)
LAMPLIGHT – LA (the in French) MP (member of parliament, politician) and LIGHT (not serious).
13a Loner made to join army? (5)
ENROL – an anagram (made) of LONER.
14a Article among DJs’ equipment to overcome disadvantage (4,3,6)
TURN THE TABLES – Insert the definite article – THE – into a disc jockey’s TURNTABLES.
17a One provides entertainment supply (13)
CONTORTIONIST – So we all thought ‘supply’ was a verb and it took us ages to realize it was an adjective meaning pliant – once we’d done that, the cryptic definition made sense.
21a Go over zero miles per hour? (5)
OOMPH – O (over) O (zero) MPH (miles per hour).
23a Like liberal without commitments (5-4)
FANCY-FREE – FANCY (like) and FREE (liberal).
24a Vegetarian and soldier run off together (8)
ANTELOPE – ANT (soldier being one type of ant) and ELOPE (run off), ‘together’ being a nice charade indicator. Good job the wordplay was clear as when I see the word ‘vegetarian’ I think of Mr CS and/or No 2 son!!
25a See transfixing crash in skiing race (6)
SLALOM – Insert LO (see) into SLAM (crash).
26a Deeds one’s located in former plans (8)
EXPLOITS – EX (former) and PLOTS (plans) the latter having I (one) located in or inserted.
27a Crystal-gazer frightening heartless queen (6)
SCRYER – An archaic term for a crystal-gazer – Remove the middle letter (heartless) from SC
ARY(frightening) and then add the cipher of our current Queen – ER- at the end.
1d Sermon, religious, delivered without note (6)
HOMILY – HOLY (religious) put round (without meaning outside) the musical note MI.
2d Trifling amount to a robot (9)
AUTOMATON is an anagram (trifling) of AMOUNT TO A.
3d Gossip rag featuring lovers primarily (7)
TATTLER – TATTER (rag) with L (lovers primarily) inserted.
5d It could be floating in the wind, lost (11)
THISTLEDOWN – An anagram (floating) of THE WIND LOST.
6d Monstrous creature to strike a chord with artist (7)
CHIMERA – CHIME (strike a chord with) and RA (Royal Academician, artist).
7d Italian football team sink in ground (5)
INTER – One of two famous football teams found in Milan or a verb meaning to bury in the ground.
8d Good morsels minced thick (8)
GORMLESS – G (good) followed by an anagram (minced) of MORSELS.
12d Learn precise words to rap after chap embraces bird (3,2,3,3)
GET IT OFF PAT – GEOFF (chap, man’s name) embracing TIT (bird) followed to PAT (rap gently).
15d Improvement near end of game going to one side? (9)
LATERALLY – Split 4, 5, this might describe something at a Wimbledon tennis match.
16d Expert carrying mild illness receiving a tribute (8)
ACCOLADE – Insert A (from the clue) into a COLD (mild illness) and then insert the result into ACE (expert).
18d Shakespearean greeting following ancient books (7)
OTHELLO – HELLO (greeting) after OT (Old Testament / ancient books).
19d Some Isles of Scilly districts turned pleasantly rustic (7)
IDYLLIC – Hidden (some) and reversed (turned) inside Isles of SCILLY DIstricts.
20d See me splitting batsman’s head and ear! (6)
BEAMER – A fast ball in cricket which is aimed at the batsman’s head – ME inside the initial letter (head) of B[atsman] and EAR.
22d This writer, with rising deposit, had a get-together (3,2)
MET UP – ME (this writer), followed by the reversal (rising) of PUT (deposit).
It is Gnomey’s turn to do two weekend reviews next week, so I’ll be back in due course.